A woman’s attempt to augment her buttocks led to an unusually delayed and life-threatening infection that started to rot away her skin, doctors in Ireland say. In a new report, they describe how the 29-year-old contracted a rare infection in the same part of her buttocks where she had gotten dermal fillers injected more than a year earlier. Though she developed sepsis and endured 18 days in the hospital, the woman was able to fully recover thanks to antibiotic therapy.
Butt augmentations have become some of the fastest-growing cosmetic procedures. In 2019, more than 30,000 butt-related procedures were performed in the U.S., according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (Like so many things, though, the covid-19 pandemic greatly reduced people’s appetite for plastic surgery last year.)